Topic : Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
7. Is society ever justified in regulating so-called victimless crimes like drug use, not wearing a helmet or a seatbelt? Give your opinion from an ethical perspective and justify. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon publications
Why the question:
In the current context of ongoing incidences of drug abuse the question hints at the ethical perspectives involved in it.
Key Demand of the question:
One has to analyse if the societal regulation of victimless crimes like drug use, not wearing a helmet or a seat belt is justified.
Structure of the answer:
Discuss the context of the question.
Ethical issues abound in contemporary society. Ethical issues involve questions of the ethical rightness or wrongness of public policy or personal behavior. Actions or policies that affect other people always have an ethical dimension, but while some people restrict ethical issues to actions that can help or harm others (social ethics) others include personal and self-regarding conduct (personal ethics).
Many of today’s most pressing issues of social ethics are complex and multifaceted and require clear and careful thought. To reach careful conclusions, these public policy issues require people to engage in complicated ethical reasoning, but the ethical reasoning involving personal issues can be just as complex and multifaceted.
Discuss the approach and solutions according to you and suggest solutions.
Conclude with solutions and a fair and balanced approach.